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  •  What do Canadians prefer? (7+ / 0-)

    I was disappointed to see how little coverage NDP leader Thomas Mulcair's trip to DC got in the US press.  A lot of Canadians don't want Keystone XL OR the proposed pipeline across B.C. to Kitimat.  

    In a letter to the Globe and Mail on Monday, an Alberta blogger, Mike Priaro, seems to reflect the Canadian environmentalist position pretty well:

    The main beneficiaries of Keystone XL are integrated multinationals such as Exxon Mobil that will ship heavily discounted, and thus low-royalty, raw bitumen as “dilbit” to refineries in tax- and duty-free foreign-trade zones on the Gulf Coast for refining into diesel to be exported at obscene margins.

    TransCanada’s proposed Mainline Conversion to ship crude and upgraded bitumen to Eastern Canada uses an existing pipeline and is more acceptable environmentally than any proposal to export raw bitumen, maximizes economic benefits and jobs for Canadians, garners higher royalties for Albertans and tax revenue for Canadians, fetches world prices for Canadian oil, provides incentive to upgrade raw bitumen in Alberta, displaces all imports of crude oil, accesses the greatest diversity of world markets, and provides national energy security.

    Keystone XL does none of that.

    •  Many, many Canadians are against KXL, et al (3+ / 0-)

      Here's just one article that I've read, dated today.  These groups are outraged and I'm hoping for their sake (and ours) that they'll do exactly what they say they'll do.  Note that the article lists the three major pipeline projects that are pending, along with some details about them:

      Canadian and US aboriginal groups vow to block oil pipelines

      Alliance says it is prepared to take physical action to block three pipelines planned to transport oil from the Alberta tar sands

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/...

      To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men. -Abraham Lincoln

      by Eyesbright on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 07:01:45 PM PDT

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